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Santa Barbara PD announces death of officer

Santa Barbara police
Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-25 21:35:59-04

The Santa Barbara Police Department on Wednesday announced the death of one of its own.

Officer Gina Battaglia reportedly died from complications related to what police called an "on-duty illness."

"She exemplified extraordinary courage in fighting a long and difficult battle," police said in a statement.

Officer Battaglia had worked for the department for 14 years in several roles, including patrol officer, crime scene investigator, and public safety communication dispatch supervisor.